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  • Mar 23, 2020

Nine Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

Are you the definition of shy in your social or professional circles? Are you often afraid of interacting with new people or starting conversations? Well, don’t worry because it’s possible to shake off your speech problems and become a better communicator. You don’t have to be a naturally gifted communicator; communication skills are easy to learn and develop. This post explores 9 tips for improving your communication skills, both through listening and speaking.

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  • Mar 18, 2020

Developing Communication Skills in the Age of Social Distancing

COVID-19 is rapidly forcing school closures around the world, in an effort to increase social distancing. According to UNESCO, as of March 18, 850 million learners have been impacted so far, with surely more to come. Educators must quickly change the way they teach, transitioning from classroom instruction to online instruction. Language educators who move…

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  • Jan 28, 2020

Alelo CEO Lewis Johnson Interviewed in CEOCFO Magazine

Alelo started out as a research project funded by DARPA at the University of Southern California. The idea was could we use video game and AI technology to develop a better way of learning foreign languages. Alelo’s AI Simulations are being used around the world to Practice and Assess Communication Skills.

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  • Jan 20, 2020

Using AI to Develop Communication Skills in Business Leaders

Communication skills are critical for leaders and the organizations they lead. According to a study of large corporations by David Grossman, companies that have highly effective communicators as leaders had 47% higher total returns to shareholders over five years compared with firms that have leaders who are the least effective communicators. The total estimated cost per company due to employee misunderstanding was $62.4 million per year.

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  • Jan 13, 2020

Case Study: UVM Program Using Alelo Enskill Increases Students’ Spoken English Proficiency

Of the four language skills, speaking, listening, reading, and writing, speaking is by far the most important and the most difficult to develop. Many English language learners (ELLs) are reluctant to practice speaking, due to shyness or fear of making embarrassing mistakes. Spoken language activities in class are time-consuming and difficult to manage when many…

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  • Dec 05, 2019

Alelo Announces New Platform for Learning Communication Skills in AI Simulations

In Alelo’s most recent course Enskill Effective & Persuasive Communication, learners practice conversations with AI avatars representing managers and co-workers in simulated work settings. The course draws on communication techniques taught in business schools. Learners practice presenting structured arguments. For example, they present their vision, explain their strategy, and then propose next steps. Using AI technology, the Enskill EPC course automatically detects elements of an argument and coaches how to bring them together in a well-structured way.

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  • Nov 21, 2019

How AI Simulations Close the Communication Skills Gap

Enskill EPC was created by Alelo, which started developing AI simulations to help military members quickly learn foreign languages and cultures before deploying overseas. The communications skills learned have helped reduce conflicts and even save lives. Now Alelo AI-driven learning is available to everyone, to address the communication problems that they face in the workplace every day.

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  • Nov 18, 2019

Using AI to Help English Learners Get Past Learning Plateaus

Although 1.5 billion people around the world are studying English, many will never get proficient enough to use English on the job. Instead, they get stuck at learning plateaus. They feel that they are failing to make progress and have a long way to go. As English-language-learning expert Fan Yi has noted, “They find they know a lot about the English language, but they can hardly say that they know English.” This can cause them to become frustrated and discouraged, and even stop learning altogether. Why do learners get stuck? And how can technology help them get unstuck?

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  • Oct 10, 2019

The Baker Learning Analytics Prizes

A field only moves forward if it chooses the right problems: big goals that make a difference. Many–perhaps most–of the adaptive learning systems out there are based on the same technology from the 1990s. Much of the research published today is tiny optimizations on small problems. Incremental progress can be valuable. But it shouldn’t be the primary focus of a field.

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  • Aug 12, 2019

Alelo Webinars for Teachers and Trainers

Do your students need more opportunities to practice speaking English? Is lack of self-confidence holding them back? This webinar introduces Alelo’s Enskill simulation platform and explains how to use Alelo simulations to help your students develop self-confidence and increase fluency.

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